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Urban Auckland waterway turned around

Cockle Bay Domain in Auckland is a sunny piece of land following a stream which flows onto Cockle Bay beach. Two years ago, locals were concerned with the health of the stream and beach, so Trees That Count helped them take action.

The Domain restoration group decided on three key aims - biodiversity, tackling urban water runoff to improve water quality and erosion control. Over the last two years, Trees That Count has provided the group with over 3,300 trees, with 2,500 of those trees being provided by the Department of Corrections Nursery. The rest of the trees were funded or gifted into our marketplace by members of the public.

This year’s planting season saw volunteers donate 300 hours of their collective time to plant the trees, and Matthew Brajkovich from the project team commented about the “amazing community response and support, the locals are all talking how this is going to grow into such a nice place.”

Two years worth of replanting, ongoing weeding and rat and possum control has seen the area transform beyond belief. The project team anticipate two more years of weeding and planting to create a suitable base for a stable ecosystem. For more about the Cockle Bay Domain restoration project, check out their Facebook group.

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Trees That Count aims to create a national movement to plant millions of native trees to mitigate climate change. We're managed by the Project Crimson Trust in partnership with the Tindall Foundation.

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